Monday, February 12, 2018

Scenes from The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden

Exploring  Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden 2018

On Sunday we spent some time in the tropics without leaving the Chicago area by visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show! The annual show provides a much need brilliant bloom infusion for this time of the year! An incredible number of orchids are on display in the greenhouses and adjoining exhibit rooms. This year's theme is Asia in Bloom.



Delicate solitary orchid in a tearoom display at Chicago Botanic Garden

I loved the opening solitary orchid set in a tearoom type setting. Stunning yet tranquil.

Orchids of every color combination inspire and even beckon contemplation.

Orchids of every color combination inspire and even beckon contemplation. Quite a few visitors took photos. Others sketched in pads. Creativity was certainly ignited.


Each year, there are learning components to the exhibit. This year, we learned about orchids' medicinal properties particularly in Japan, China and India. We viewed some elements in preparation of the orchids.


The delicate purples and pinks in the semi-tropical greenhouse were particularly soothing to the eye. They sat below the handcrafted parasols illuminated by the sun. This section is one of the most photographed.


Each time that I have visited the orchid show, I have been surprised by the variety of colors, shapes and sizes of the orchids.




Water feature highlighted by orchids at Chicago Botanic Garden

The tropical greenhouse has a lovely water feature highlighted by orchids.

Posing for photos for at the Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden

There are plenty of spots to take photos. But you will need to be patient, there are many other explorers too! If you are taking pro photos, though, you do need to check with Chicago Botanic Garden. There are special hours set aside for photographers that wish to bring monopods and tripods. Check online for more info.

Orchid arrangements at the Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden

One section of the show is dedicated to arrangements. It is pretty interesting to see how orchids can be sculpted into a different form of art.



Before leaving, consider taking a photo in one of the corner seats adorned with lanterns. Very cute! Overall, the event is a much needed floral uplift during a gray winter. 

The show includes several special events including morning music with the orchids and evening with the orchids. Additionally, there are orchids and even clay orchids for sale.  The Illinois Orchid Spring Show & Sale will be during the event March 10-11 and an after show sale. Also, the show features Thursday Evenings: Orchids After Hours (4PM-8PM) where you can enjoy orchids and purchase drinks and light fare. Check the schedule for more information. The Orchid Show runs through March 25, 2018.

Tickets are:

Adults: $10/$12
Seniors 62+: $8/$10
*Children age 3–12: $8/$10

Parking is $25 per car

Purchase tickets online to ensure availability.

Stop by and smell the orchids!
**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Exploring  The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden 2018


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